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Darting a cheetah - a day I'll never forget!

Darted cheetah being carried to Land RoverI will never forget the day when we darted a cheetah who had escaped into the next farm and bought her back. We had to get the vet in and I was able to go in the helicopter to try and locate her. It had no doors and the views were awesome. I managed to spot her running below us with a cub in her mouth. It then turned out that there were even more cubs, about four.

When it was time to dart the mother I was on ground patrol in the landrover Cheetah is placed in the Land Roverfollowing the chopper. We put the cheetah in the back of the vehicle once she had been darted. I helped keep her eyes from getting dry by placing my cap over them. When we got back to the house I helped the vet hydrate her by pouring game (a type of lucozade) down her throat which was awesome. I then helped pick her up and take her to an area where she could recover and even helped bottle feed the cubs until she came around. A day I'll never forget!

Lucy Harper's placement in 2009 was arranged with African Conservation Experience